Pedallers' Dorset away day
PUBLISHED: 12:00 22 October 2008 | UPDATED: 22:30 15 June 2010
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AVP s second Sunday of the month ride for October began on a glorious sunny day and was led by The Editor and started outside the Axe Valley across the border at West Bay in West Dorset.
AVP's second Sunday of the month ride for October began on a glorious sunny day and was led by 'The Editor' and started outside the Axe Valley across the border at West Bay in West Dorset. Foggie, Bar Bunny, Buster C, Fishnet and No10, Bondie and Chippie joined him.After a short tour of West Bay harbour and a view of the new multistorey modern flats development over looking it, riders set off towards Burton Bradstock. They picked up National Cycle Network Route 2, the strategic start and finish point of which is London and Penzance. This took the group through the lovely Litton Cheney - Long Bredy - Bridehead valley within West Dorset's Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. The route is generally level, with only occasional undulating terrain in generally traffic free conditions and, with the weather so sunny and warm, it was a delight. Bridehead culminates in the only main hill of the day and emerges onto a plateau with excellent views of Hardy's Monument distant to the east. A blast downhill took the group to the busy A35 where care had to be shown for about a mile before we took refreshments at the Coach and Horses in Winterbourne Abbas.After a break it was a short uphill onto the old Roman road which used to connect Dorchester to Bridport but the road gave panoramic views over towards the coast with Golden Cap and West Bay and inland towards Maiden Newton and the Rampisham telecommunications masts. Eggardon Hill at 252m provided the high point of the ride and the 'wow' factor came when cycling the northern flank of the hill when a herd of deer ran alongside us in the adjacent field and crossed the narrow road ahead.From there it was essentially downhill all the way into Powerstock and West Milton before tea and cakes were had at Mangerton Mill. Here Fishnet, No 10, Bondie and Chippie, who had stayed in their touring caravans, bade us farewell and Foggie, Buster, Bar Bunny and The Editor cycled the remaining four miles back to West Bay. A glorious 29 mile ride in superb weather.